CCNY Climbs 18 Notches in U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

September 11, 2013 | City College

Places 43rd among Regional Universities (North), 8th among Top Public Regional Universities (North)

The City College of New York climbed 18 places in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014 rankings, placing 43rd in the Regional Universities (North) category. In addition, CCNY ranked eighth among public institutions in that region.

“The significant rise in our U.S. News ranking is evidence of the dedicated work of our outstanding faculty and staff, the continuous success of our amazing students, and the strong support from the communities we serve,” said CCNY President Lisa S. Coico. “In addition, it amplifies the recognition that City College recently received for its academic excellence from The Princeton Review and Forbes.”

U.S. News derives its rankings from quantitative measures that education experts recommend as reliable indicators of academic quality as well as its own research into what matters in education. It gathers data from colleges and universities on 16 indicators of academic excellence that are grouped into seven weighted areas: graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

This year the magazine made several changes to its methodology, including:
•  Reducing the weight assigned to high school class rank and giving slightly more weight to scores on standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT;
•  Applying the graduate rate performance indicator – the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates – to regional universities and colleges for the first time, and
•  Reducing the weight for assessment by peers to 22.5 percent from 25 percent for regional colleges and universities.

City College falls into U.S. News’ regional universities category, which consists of institutions that offer a broad range of undergraduate programs, some master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. It had a predicted six-year graduation rate of 30 percent but an actual rate of 42 percent. Because of its higher-than-expected graduation rate, CCNY scored high on graduation rate performance, which accounts for 7.5 percent of the total score.

Four other institutions – Queens College, Misericordia University, Salve Regina University and St. Francis University – tied with CCNY at 43rd in the Regional Universities (North) category. Queens College also shares eighth place with CCNY among public institutions in the group.

Earlier this summer, City College was included for the second consecutive year in The Princeton Review 378 Best Colleges 2014 Edition and was one of the top New York public colleges and universities on Forbes’ annual America’s Top Colleges list. CCNY climbed 232 notches from its 2012 ranking on the Forbes list to 137th among all U.S. colleges and universities.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

Set on a striking, 35-acre hilltop campus in upper Manhattan, CCNY has produced more Nobel laureates than any other public institution in the United States. The College has been touted as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes, one of the Best Colleges in the United States as well as one of the Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks among U.S. News’ top regional universities.

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